March 25, 2008

Erosia for 3-26

LEO welcomes letters that are brief (250 words max) and thoughtful. Ad hominem attacks will be ignored, and we need your name and a daytime phone number. Send snail mail to EROSIA, 640 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Fax to 895-9779 or e-mail to leo@leoweekly.com. We may edit for length, grammar and clarity.Reversal of FortuneFrom reading Stephen George’s article on sex predators (LEO, Feb. 27), I don’t quite understand who was harmed and what crime has been committed. “Attempted unlawful solicitation of a minor”? WTF? If anyone can remember back to when they were 13, you knew quite well what sex entailed. Was I breaking the law when I lost my virginity at 14? Probably. Anyway, this bait-and-switch system is going to be about as effective as the current War on Drugs. Prohibit something (sex, drugs) and you’re welcoming the black market with open arms by turning your back on reality. The only accomplishment I see coming from such an operation will end with a bunch of young to middle-aged men (and maybe a few women) growing old in prisons paid for by their so-called potential victims. There are always going to be “children” who want to have sex with “adults,” and vice versa. Instead of putting another person in jail for a voluntary interaction between two able-minded, consenting individuals, maybe set up a reverse operation. Find a real 13-year-old and send this camera crew to her house, wait for her parents to show up and explain to them how they need to be paying a bit more attention to their children. That probably wouldn’t go over too well, though, seeing how that would require the “good guys” to take some blame, and personal accountability isn’t something that goes over too well in America these days.Jimmy Flaherty, Louisville GPA Shouldn’t SwayI am writing to address Gov. Beshear’s proposal to cut 15 percent of the scholarship money awarded via the KEES program to high school students pursuing higher education. Though on the surface the proposal appears capable of undermining higher education, and under different circumstances it would certainly justify a full-fledged protestation, the circumstances are such that the proposal is only slightly softening the iron grip the KEES program has on the likelihood that Kentucky youth might actually attempt to learn something in high school.The KEES program promises to grant all graduating seniors $2,500 on top of any pre-existing scholarship for spending or tuition at any in-state college — provided the kids maintain a 4.0 grade point average throughout their high school years. The promise was undoubtedly born from good intentions; however, by bestowing awards based on grades alone, without the consideration or evaluation of the actual rigor of the courses involved in the attainment of that perfect GPA, the promise is actually perpetuating the classic Kentucky strive for mediocrity in education.I believe it would be to the scholastic benefit of the students and Kentucky to revise the KEES system into a more effective scholarship program. A wise teacher once told me, “High school should be designed not to teach you what to think, but how.” And is it not true that high school is, in reality, an incubation period — an institution to prepare adolescents for the real world? In the real world, performance is not based on an aspiration for perfection that is attained by always taking the safer route. It is based on the application of critical thinking in trying situations. Grade point averages most definitely merit a component of Kentucky’s scholarship system. It does not merit the system in its entirety.Kathryn Grundy, duPont Manual student, LouisvilleI WishRegarding that great speech by Obama: I wish he and the other two candidates would tell us, “As President and Commander-in-Chief of ALL Americans, my Bible will be the Constitution and my cross the U.S. flag.”Bob Moore, LouisvilleThoughts on the Case for NukesThe great thing about this country is the right to protest without fear of retribution. Sometimes I look around thinking I could spend my whole life protesting those things I don’t agree with, but I don’t. I don’t because it’s always been my belief, if you’re going to protest, you have the responsibility to also have a viable solution. This would be a solution that’s not a Band-Aid, but a real and responsible remedy that can be immediately called upon to solve a crisis and slow down the depletion of our natural resources.If one was truly serious about accepting responsibility for their protests, perhaps they could accept the following:If one protests building of new power plants to offset the use of non-renewable resources, they might accept a chip on their electric meter that would select them for brown-out/black-outs at times of power shortages until demand was down again?Or, if one protests drilling for oil in certain places, perhaps a chip on their gas tank so when demand exceeds supply, gas won’t pump into their vehicle.I think we can see where I’m going here. Whereas that might be a viable solution, I have a feeling the protesters would protest that arrangement.For the record, I’m not saying I’m for or against building nuclear power plants or drilling in Alaska, I’m just making an observation.F.E. Adkins, New Washington, Ind.